Review: Party Dozen’s album ‘The Real Work’

Album Review

Party Dozen

By Ljubinko Zivkovic, Rock At Night Amsterdam

Music Review: Party Dozen – The Real Work-Release date July 8, 2022

In the Middle East, when the weather gets so hot that you can fry your breakfast eggs on the asphalt, instead of cold lemonade, they drink hot tea. 

Maybe over in these climes, with the heatwave in its full swing, we can do the same thing with music – fight the weather heat with some heated up, mainly instrumental music, like the stuff Party Dozen have come up on their latest album ‘The Real Work.’ 

After all the duo of Kirsty Tickle (saxophone) and Jonathan Boulet (percussion and sampler), who comprise Party Dozen come from Australia, where heatwaves were not so unusual recently, and they seem to have extensive experience in fighting heatwave with some truly heated up sounds, as evidenced here. 

Tickle and Boulet go anywhere where you wish, as long as it is brash and loud. It could be surf rock, psych, hardcore, doom jazz. You think it they’ll do it.  Even when they seemingly slow it down, like on ‘Earthly Times’, there is this brash, doomy undercurrent that spells – heavy, man! 

Oh, and for the first time, there’s a guest on one of their recordings. Another Aussie, quite a big one though, a certain Mr. Nick Cave, who goes on shouting “I got a mutt called Macca,’ on the aptly called ‘Macca the Mutt.” They don’t tell us if they might be referring to a certain very famous Macca, we all know and love. 

Whatever the case is, Party Dozen’s ‘The Real Work’ is the real antidote for the heatwave. 

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